Text Scores pt2

30/01/2015

My last post mentioned a text piece I would be trying out with the Cube Orchestra.

The results of that can be found here.

On the whole I was very pleased with how the piece turned out, considering it was the very first time the piece had been run, and the first time that any members of the Orchestra had encountered the piece.

I have decided to make a few adjustments though.

The first is to allow performers to remain silent during the periods of the piece where they are instructed to improvise. I have decided to do this after listening to the ending of the recording, where only 3 members of the Orchestra are reading from their text.

I feel that this change will allow for a much greater dynamic in the piece, which otherwise could become a flat, albeit chaotic wall of sound for the listener.

I’m also thinking of how I can ‘open up’ the instructions, so that performers can feel free to play with the way in which they read their texts.

It was pointed out to me by one performer that there are a number of ways that a text can be read with the voice being used in different ways. This is something I hadn’t actually thought about, instead imagining that the texts would be read in a very monotonous style.

However, allowing performers to try different ways of reading their texts could create a more interesting piece, both for the performers and the listeners, and also gives the performers something else to consider during the improvised sections of the piece, where they are instructed to improvise in a similar fashion to the way they read.

As it happens, I’m not sure if we will actually end up performing this piece at the Fluxus event that brought all this on, but I’m pleased to have finally tried out one of my text pieces, and definitely inspired to work on others with the Orchestra.

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